Authorities: Gunman who killed deputy had several weapons

  • AP Photo/Colleen Slevin Sheriff's deputies remove a spotlight, Monday used to help investigators processing evidence at an apartment where Matthew Riehl allegedly fatally shot Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish and wounded six others in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, on Sunday.
  • This undated photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shows Sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish.
  • This undated photo released by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shows Matthew Riehl.

DENVER — Authorities say they found several firearms in the apartment of a man who killed a Colorado sheriff’s deputy and wounded four other officers.

Douglas County sheriff’s spokeswoman Lauren Lekander on Thursday declined to describe the number or type of weapons found in 37-year-old Matthew Riehl’s apartment.

Riehl opened fire on deputies who responded to a 911 call he made from his apartment early Sunday. Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed before SWAT team members killed Riehl.

Police reports and a Veterans Affairs Department document say Riehl had suffered from mental illness for at least 2½ years.

Police in Laramie, Wyoming, say Riehl bought at least 11 firearms there between 2010 and 2013. Lekander declined to say whether any of those weapons were in his apartment.


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